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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Monument To British Revoultionary War Dead

The marker honoring three unknown British soldiers who fought and died
from wounded received at the Battle of Cowpens on January 17, 1781.

Near Limestone College in the town of Gaffney, in Cherokee County, there is a marker by the recently restored Limestone Springs at Hamrick Park that honors the memories of three unknown British soldiers who had been mortally wounded at the Battle of Cowpens on January 17, 1780 and are buried on the site. 

Over 300 British soldiers had been casualties during this decisive battle of the American Revolutionary War's Southern Campaign.  After being force marched by their commander, Lt. Colonel Banastre Tarleton into the South Carolina backcountry in pursuit of a force of Continental army and Patriot militia led by Brigadier General Daniel Morgan, these men were wounded in the battle that took place early on a cold and frosty morning. After the battle these soldiers were among those brought to the cattle drivers rest stop called Hannah's Cowpens near Limestone Springs just off the old Cherokee Ford Road, where they bled to death and died far from home and their families in a strange and largely hostile country. Their names forgotten to history, known but to God. 

In May 2012, a marker designed by Limestone College trustee and Blakely Funeral Home director Ashby Blakely was unveiled by local historian Robert Ivey with the assistance of British Revolutionary War re-enactors during a special memorial service in memory of these foreign soldiers.

They were invaders, part of an army sent to keep America under the rule of the British Crown and crust American independence. They suffered the fate of the invader, no doubt about that. 

Yet, in spite of this, they too deserve to be remembered for who they were and what they left behind, no different than any other soldier who served his country's military forces and died during the course of their duty. They deserve to be honored for the memory of their lives, and given the respect due to all men who fought in war.


Limestone Spring at Hamrick Park in Gaffney, South Carolina.
The British soldiers' marker can be see in the left of the photo
by the road.

If y'all are ever in the area of Gaffney, South Carolina, please take the time to stop by and visit this marker and the historic springs. 

Have a wonderful Dixie day, y'all! 

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